Senior Advisor to the Office of the Under Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
In 2012, Matthew Murray was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Following the creation of the Global Markets unit in 2013, Mr. Murray became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2015, Mr. Murray became a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary.
In this capacity, Mr. Murray helps direct the Department’s efforts to form trade policy and solve market access issues facing U.S. firms seeking to sustain and expand their business operations. Mr. Murray’s responsibilities include: developing and recommending policies, strategies, and programs to advance U.S. economic and commercial interests.
Throughout his career, Matthew Murray has worked at the intersection of law, international economics and national security. Mr. Murray was most recently President of Sovereign Ventures, Inc., a risk management firm which he founded in 1991, to incubate small start-ups and advise transnational corporations and multilateral institutions on reducing governance and corruption risk in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.
As a senior executive in the energy industry between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Murray served as Corruption Risk Manager at TNK-BP Management Ltd., the third largest Russian producer of oil and gas. Mr. Murray led a corporate task force which audited corruption risk and produced a policy initiative to enhance ethics performance throughout the TNK-BP Management Ltd. 65,000 person workforce.
In the non-profit sector, Mr. Murray co-founded the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, a non-profit dedicated to building rule-based markets in Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe. While with the Center, Mr. Murray was selected by the Russian Federal Financial Market Service, the agency responsible for regulating capital markets, to help write the Corporate Governance Code, as well as, federal laws prohibiting insider trading and market manipulation.
Mr. Murray began his legal career as an Associate Attorney at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie where he helped the firm launch a Russia law practice and establish one of the first western legal offices in Moscow.
Mr. Murray served as an aide to Senator Edward Kennedy and holds a J.D. and master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
02/4/13 Remarks at First Preparatory Meeting for 21st OSCE Economic and Enviornmental Forum
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